Many thanks to Richard Ardus for this week’s Friday Photo. In fact, Richard has kindly passed on to me a portfolio of black and white photos taken in and around Hoylake in the 1950s and I’ll enjoy sharing them on and off during the coming weeks. There are a few obscure photos featuring the back yards of fisherman’s cottages among several gems including the photo above.
100 Market Street was once the Hoylake branch of F W Woolworth & Co – it’s now a dance studio of course and prior to that it was the Jon David furniture store before that closed in 2009. I think the only other time I’ve seen a photo of Hoylake Woolies is in this photo featuring the Kingsway Cinema. Presumably this photo was taken in the summer – spot a lilo in the window …ideal for lying on while eating some thoughtfully selected pick-n-mix down on the beach!
Of course Woolworth is no longer a household name on any high street in the UK as the chain was a very high profile business failure of the credit crunch, though the brand lives on digitally.
The James McKenzie Ltd shop next door was an electrical retailer I gather. Did Hoylake Woolies close immediately before Jon David opened or was it another shop in-between?
By the way, if anyone has a photo of the old Tesco store in Hoylake (now Home Bargains, before that Somerfields, before that Kwik-Save) please do let me know.